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Rochester police officers hold down Daniel Prude on March 23 in Rochester, N.Y. Prude, a Black man who had run naked through the streets of the western NY city, died of asphyxiation after a group of police officers put a hood over his head, then pressed his face into the pavement for two minutes, according to video and records released Wednesday by the man's family.
Daniel Prude died March 30 after he was taken off life support, seven days after the encounter with police in Rochester.
Prude's brother Joe Prude, who said he called police because Daniel was having a "mental episode", said it was unnecessary for the officers to push Daniel's face into the pavement while he was handcuffed and hooded.
Daniel Prude, who had taken his clothes off, complied with responding officers and asked him to put his hands behind his back and get on the ground as light snow continued to fall.
Prude then repeatedly yelled at officers to give him their guns, and at one point rolled onto his back.
He went on to say one thing is for certain local leaders shouldn't be blamed for the lack of information.
Following this complication, the police called for an EMT, and Prude was given chest compressions. One officer, who is white, holds his head down against the pavement with both hands, saying "calm down" and "stop spitting". The NY Post quotes one of the officers as saying "he's puking, just straight water".
The protest later moved to where Prude was arrested, and a large block party gradually formed.
Protesters gathered outside of the Public Safety Building on Wednesday shortly after relatives of Daniel Prude and a lawyer representing them released the details of his death during a news conference at City Hall. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide, attributing it to "complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint", as well as "excited delirium" and PCP intoxication.
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Daniel Prude's brother, Joe, condemned the actions at a press conference Wednesday.
An unarmed black man died in NY state after he was hooded by police and held face down to the road for two minutes, body camera footage shows.
"When I say get lynched, that was full fledged, murder, cold blooded - nothing other than cold blooded murder". The man is defenseless, naked on the ground, cuffed up already.
"How many more brothers gotta die for society to understand that this needs to stop?"
Prude, known to his big Chicago-based family by the nickname "Rell", was a father of five adult children and had been working at a warehouse within the past year, said his aunt Letoria Moore.
The release of the footage sparked protests in Rochester on Wednesday. By midafternoon, police fired pepper spray and tear gas into a small crowd outside police headquarters.
Rochester Police initially started an investigation but had to turn it over to the State Attorney General's Office because of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Executive Order 147. We will do our investigation.
She knew her nephew had some psychological issues. "So I want everyone to understand and be very, very clear about where we are right now". "And I can't even share with y'all the pain that I'm feeling, and my family is going through as well".
"I know that there is rhetoric that is out there that this is a cover up", he said. "Let me be clear when I say that there is no cover up whatsoever".
New York Attorney General Letitia James' office took over the investigation of the death in April. "These officers are trained to ridicule, instead of supporting Mr Daniel Prude", Ashley Gantt of Free the People ROC said at the news conference with Prude's family.
They said, "It is extremely sad and unfortunate that we have lost yet another life of a citizen who possibly needed mental health support in our county".
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